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Aug
29
answered what's the difference between 余地 and よゆう?
Aug
29
awarded  Analytical
Aug
28
answered 虚; 空; 洞 【うろ】and differences
Aug
28
accepted Reading a number range
Aug
28
asked Reading a number range
Aug
26
accepted What is the function of と when it's not quoting, or doing exhaustive listing?
Aug
26
asked より not used for comparing?
Aug
22
awarded  Enthusiast
Aug
17
answered What's the difference between なぜ、どうして and なんで when meaning 'why'?
Aug
16
comment Does it make sense to say [v]ませんでしたら instead of [v]なかったら?
What I learned about たら construction is that usually something follows after たら, and that can be in a polite form. Putting too many polite constructions together would result in a "politeness overload" (i'm not sure enough of this to post as an answer though).
Aug
16
comment What is the function of と when it's not quoting, or doing exhaustive listing?
@Ignacio yes, and also about the apparent lack of difference when と is not used in the comparison of (1) and (2).
Aug
16
asked What is the function of と when it's not quoting, or doing exhaustive listing?
Aug
15
revised 前 or 後 when placing an event in temporal reference to “now”
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Aug
15
asked 前 or 後 when placing an event in temporal reference to “now”
Aug
13
revised When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Tried to resolve apparent contradiction with Tsuyoshi's answer
Aug
13
revised When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Tried to resolve apparent contradiction with Tsuyoshi's answer
Aug
13
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Similarly we assume that the teacher is always paying attention because we expect a teacher to behave as such. So the alternative of "teacher not looking" becomes hard to determine.
Aug
13
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Perhaps it has something to do with the apparent certainty of something that is subjectively assessed by us subconsciously. Call it "optimism bias" if you will but I think we are more certain of "clear skies" than we are of "rainy weather". That is to say we take "clear skies" as a default start before even considering the possibility of other forms of weather.
Aug
12
accepted Reversing the clause pattern “~ほう~より”
Aug
12
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Perhaps "measure" is not a good word to describe what i'm thinking. It should be the "speaker's ability to determine a start and end point at the moment of making the statement". Things like "duration of vacation" - one can assess the start and end. But for "duration while it's not raining" or "duration of a person's gaze", it's difficult to put a starting and ending point.